Northern Lights Estate Winery Featured on the Official HelloBC Blog

What a wonderful feeling it is to be featured on the blog of the Super Natural British Columbia HelloBC Blog. We are so thankful for all the people who love our little winery as much as we do. Thank you #explorebc!

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When people think about winemaking, they often think of sunny, southern climates. Situated at a latitude of 53 degrees north, Northern Lights Estate Winery shattered that stereotype when it opened in 2015, becoming the province’s northern-most winery. Here in Prince George, winemakers grow local fruits (think: apples, blackcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb, and more) and turn them into fruit wine. You can sample the vintages with a view of the Nechako River and the city centre.

Northern Lights Estate Winery

Yeast Throwing- March 15th 2015

We would like to thank the community for coming to the winery this past weekend and sharing in a significant milestone with us. We are very excited to taste the fruit of our labours and to share the excitement with the community.

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Northern Lights Estate Winery one step closer!

Announcement:

Northern Lights Estate Winery (NLEW) received city councils support in response to its development variance permit. The planned winery which is to be built at 746 PG Pulpmill Rd. will feature an orchard, a wine shop, and outdoor event facilities. The planned winery will specialize in fruit wines made from onsite and primarily locally purchased hardy apples, haskap, gooseberry, hardy cherry, raspberry, black current, and rhubarb.

The Facility will be built approximaly 30 meters from the Nechako River and overlook a beautiful Orchard. Thanks to city councils decision the facility should be constructed in 2014 and will be available to the public by summer of 2015. Previous work has already started on the property including the planting of over 2200 fruit and berry plants which will be used for future wine production.

“We would like to thank City Council and the team in the planning and development department for assisting us through this process,” says operating partner Doug Bell. “The city has been extraordinarily supportive and continues to be as we apply for the remainder of our permits”.

The planned winery is also releasing renderings of the proposed facility (available by e-mailing doug@northernlightswinery.ca. This spectacular facility will highlight wood architectural features as well as a modern feel that will truly represent the Prince George area both past and present. Pat Bell, development partner says “We want all of Prince George to be proud of this winery, it will be a place where people will gather, celebrate and have those special moments.”

Located at the base of the cut banks on PG Pulpmill Rd., the 4.2 acre property includes 240 feet of riverfront on the Nechako River. NLEW is only 1 minutes from the Cameron st. Bridge and only a 7 minute drive from downtown Prince George.

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NLEW is a division of Family Fast Foods Ltd., which opened its first Wendy’s restaurant in 1988 in Prince George, BC and continues to operate both Wendy’s in Prince George today. It locally employs over 80 residents and contributes over $30,000 to local events and organizations each year.

Please refer questions to the operating partner Doug Bell at doug@northernlightswinery.ca (250-981-3684) or development partner Pat Bell at pat.bell@shaw.ca (250-565-7830) or visit us at: northernlightswinery.ca 

 

NLEW On CKPG

Pat Bell’s Winery Forging Ahead (VIDEO)

It’s a break from the traditional industry in this part of the province. When one thinks of wineries, their minds instantly turn to the Okanagan; but a local winery is forging ahead.

NLEW featured in the Citizen

Winery hopes to bear fruit

NLEW-citizenstoryBefore there can be Northern Lights wine, there must first be northern leaves. From the leaves and flowers will come fruit. From the fruit will come the north’s first commercially-produced estate vino.

Winery owners Pat Bell and his son Doug were standing in the sunshine of their North Nechako property as the first trees and berry bushes were planted in what they expect to soon be a full-production winery at the base of the cutbanks.

Apple wine will be one of the priority wines produced by Northern Lights Estate Winery. Two-year-old Goodland and Honey Crisp trees have now been planted, in anticipation of fruit production two more years from now.

“We relied heavily on the experience of Jos Van Hage [owner of Art Knapp’s Plantland], Karen Kellett [owner of Northern Farm Products Ltd. and Sweder Berries U-Pick] and [sustainable food advocate] Don Bassermann for a lot of our thinking around what to plant,” said Pat Bell.

– See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local/winery-hopes-to-bear-fruit-1.1069436#sthash.AukzjR2w.dpuf

Read about us on bcbusiness.ca

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 1.24.29 PMFormer B.C. cabinet minister Pat Bell is opening a fruit winery in Prince George

Pat Bell and his family hope to attract more tourism to Prince George and tap into a developing fruit wine industry with a new winery, set to open summer 2015.

“Prince George has always been home and we thought that it was a great way to bring tourism to the area with a new business that has somewhat of a pent up demand in our region,” says Pat’s son Doug Bell, who will act as operating partner of the winery.

Read the entire article here: http://www.bcbusiness.ca/tourism-culture/pat-bell-to-open-canadas-most-northern-winery